Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
We have had lots of horss shocked for different injuries, including suspensory. I think the results were good, but it can be costly and for us involved shipping the horse to the clinic rather than having the vet come to us. Ultrasound therapy, magnets, ceramics and different forms of aqua therapy(hoses, jets and especially swimming) have also yielded good results.
As for long term calmins solutions, have you tried rescue remedy? It works well on horse and human alike. It got me through childbirth unmedicated, so I can vouch that it works to keep you calm! Atravet in granule form works well on some, but I have horses that have been totaly resistant to it. If these long term calmers are not working, maybe talk to your vet about getting him into a water rehab program. Don't know if you have a facility like that around you but there are several here and they are great. The horse swims every day once their injury is healed enough to handle it. It's a great low impact exercise with many benefits.
Good luck, suspensories are a bummer. If you want links to some magnetic/ceramic therapy websites, I'll happily post some for you.
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork